News archive from 20 April 2014

Leaders: History for Alex Salmond | Easter Truce

Leaders: History for Alex Salmond | Easter Truce

AS WE enjoy the bank holiday weekend and try to kick off some of the cares of the world in a few short days of barbecues, family get-togethers and far too much chocolate, spare a thought for the leaders of the Better Together campaign. Our exclusive...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Politics
 
Martin Boon: A pollster entering uncharted waters

Martin Boon: A pollster entering uncharted waters

Dilemmas of a pollster entering uncharted waters looked at by Martin Boon OUR poll today suggests that an independent Scotland is within touching distance - the Yes Campaign continues to win the hearts and minds of the Scottish electorate (or perhaps,...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Politics
 
If Britain wants to become a nation of makers, why not a five-year plan?

If Britain wants to become a nation of makers, why not a five-year plan?

Click to enlarge. Photograph: Observer Britain's apparent love affair with China has intensified over recent months. George Osborne has on many occasions trotted out the need to strengthen the UK's economic and business ties with the world's...

Guardian, 00:05 in Business
 
Photo finish for William Hill's Topping?

Photo finish for William Hill's Topping?

Ralph Topping CEO of William Hill. Photograph: Jason Alden /Rex Features A defining few months for Ralph Topping, the (fairly) soon-to-be-departing chief executive of William Hill, who has transformed the bookmaker into a FTSE 100 company. That...

Guardian, 00:05 in Business
 
Terry Murden: CBI’s stance on independence

Terry Murden: CBI’s stance on independence

TIME will tell if CBI is out of touch on independence, says Terry Murden NO-ONE ever doubted the CBI’s opposition to Scottish independence, nor the determination of its officers to tackle the Yes supporters head-on. But the resignation of three...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
5,300 bank branches close as customers move online

5,300 bank branches close as customers move online

EUROPE'S big banks shut or sold 5,300 branches last year and the closures are likely to accelerate as customers embrace speedy online banking over traditional face-to-face contact. Yet many lenders are holding back from big cuts for fear of choking...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Bill Jamieson: Getting better but feeling worse

Bill Jamieson: Getting better but feeling worse

It's hard to explain the paradox of getting better but still feeling worse off ponders Bill Jamieson Paradox and contradiction engulf us in the latest swathe of data on our economic wellbeing. Are we getting better, or marking time? Last week, we...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
CCTV in classrooms turning teachers into lab rats, union warns

CCTV in classrooms turning teachers into lab rats, union warns

CCTV is used with teachers that management think are underperforming, one teacher claimed. Photograph: Clive Gee/PA The use of closed-circuit video cameras is creeping into classrooms in Britain and turning teachers into "lab rats",...

Guardian, 00:07 in Learning
 
Bank errors over power of attorney add to the pain

Bank errors over power of attorney add to the pain

HIGH street banks have been accused of causing unnecessary distress for customers by botching power of attorney requests and leaving them unable to manage their finances. Complaints about the way that banks handle power of attorney (POA) are on the...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Cadbury sees red over the colour purple

Cadbury sees red over the colour purple

FOR the AA it was always yellow and black, Royal Bank of Scotland is blue, while telecoms company Orange has naturally been orange. Colours have always been a key part of a company’s branding and in some cases they have been such a cause of dispute...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Weir Group may have to pay £4.3bn for Metso deal

Weir Group may have to pay £4.3bn for Metso deal

WEIR Group may have to shell out up to £4.3 billion to secure a merger with Metso after the engineering firm's advances were rebuffed by its Finnish rival last week. Although the Glasgow-based group said there was no guarantee it would revise the...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Terry Murden: Vince Cable tackling rogue directors

Terry Murden: Vince Cable tackling rogue directors

VINCE Cable's right to crack down on rogue directors says Terry Murden VINCE Cable is talking tough again. The nemesis of the banks, below, is now targeting reckless company directors, who may be forced to compensate the victims of their failed...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Kristy Dorsey: Happy Easter for hospitality

Kristy Dorsey: Happy Easter for hospitality

IT may be a Happy Easter for hospitality but retailers still waiting for a miracle says Kristy Dorsey RETAILERS will be looking for a rebirth this Easter weekend, but hospitality businesses are set for a happy Bank Holiday as millions opt for a...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Business
 
Frédéric Gros: why going for a walk is the best way to free your mind

Frédéric Gros: why going for a walk is the best way to free your mind

Walking is ‘life scoured bare’, says Frédéric Gros, a way of ‘experiencing the real’. Photograph by Rannjan Joawn It is a sunny spring Sunday and – joy! – I am off to Paris to go for a walk. Not any old walk, but a walk with a man who really knows...

Guardian, 00:08 in Health
 
On my radar: Indhu Rubasingham's cultural highlights

On my radar: Indhu Rubasingham's cultural highlights

Indhu Rubasingham: 'I take inspiration from people and images – that's what I often like about photography.' Photograph: Frank Baron for the Guardian Theatre director Indhu Rubasingham began her career assisting Mike Leigh at the Theatre Royal...

 


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